Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Tomorrow is the day for teams to protect players for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Teams have until midnight to add players to the 40-man roster, or risk those players being exposed in the draft this December. The first time eligible players this year are high school players from the 2008 draft and college players from the 2009 draft.  The Pirates currently have six open spots on the 40-man roster. They could clear more spots if needed. Other teams will be clearing spots to protect their prospects, which means the Pirates could also use a spot to claim players on waivers. That happened last year when they claimed Brian Jerolomann and Jeremy Hefner. Below is the list of eligible players, and my thoughts on who should be protected tomorrow. Teams have until midnight Tuesday night to add players to the roster. First time Eligibles Ashley Ponce, SS Benjamin Gonzalez, SS Carlos Paulino, C Elevys Gonzalez, 3B Elias Diaz, C Evan Chambers, CF Francisco Aponte, 1B Gavi Nivar, P Gift Ngoepe, SS ...
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